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Equipping Young Adults for Real World Success


LifeSmartADDRESSING THE NEED

Dennis Trittin founded LifeSmart Publishing to help address the life skills deficit hindering today’s younger generation. Observation and research suggests this looming crisis is rooted in several cultural and institutional forces:

    1. increasing fragmentation of family life
    2. immature or absent parenting
    3. schools viewing character/life skills as the domain of parents and therefore focusing primarily on traditional subject matter; parents incorrectly assume schools are fully covering key life subjects (e.g., finance)
    4. inadequate youth employment opportunities
    5. harmful cultural messages from the media and entertainment industries

The end result is that our society is producing a generation of young adults largely unprepared to negotiate life, develop and maintain healthy life-long relationships, demonstrate honorable and effective leadership, build stable households, and succeed in a--- Read More
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From Director to Encourager: Learning to Cheer from the Sidelines

8/1/2015 11:40:18 PM

I am sure many of you have students who will be on their way to college in a matter of weeks or days. Finally, their first taste of independence and arguably the greatest milestone for their parents. So, how are you feeling about it? If you (or someone you know) has a college freshman about to start school, this post is for you!   I remember the first time I heard the term “helicopter parent.” It was at my one of my kids’ college freshman orientation, where they separat--- Read More
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Smile--It Means More than You Think

7/26/2015 12:29:29 PM

“Let us make one point, that we meet each other with a smile, even when it is difficult to smile. Smile at each other, make time for each other in your family….for smiling is the beginning of love.” ? Mother Teresa   Have you ever thought about what your smile—and your countenance in general, really—say about you? When I first meet someone, I look at their eyes (are they kind?) and their mouth (are they joyful?). I am sure that judging a first impression --- Read More
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Parents: Your Voice is More Powerful than You Think

7/19/2015 9:17:33 PM

In our conversations with parents of teens, their greatest struggle is a sense of loss of influence. But, while teens are listening to other voices during this season (their friends, acquaintances on Facebook, Snapchat or Instagram, celebrities, parents of friends they see as “cool,” etc.), they are not necessarily cutting ties or rejecting their ideals. In fact, many times what may be perceived as a rejection is more a re-negotiation of their former parent-child relationship. Perhap--- Read More
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Everyone Needs an Emergency Savings Fund (and How to Start One)

7/12/2015 10:54:59 AM

Sometimes our plans go awry and the unexpected happens. You lose your job. You take a pay cut when your employer trims the budget. You’re out of work for months recovering from surgery. Your roof leaked (or, in our case, our septic system backed up!) while you were on a long vacation. Your washer and dryer went out. You dropped your smart phone in a puddle. What will you do? Hopefully, you’ve planned for emergencies and contingencies. According to a 2011 survey by the National Foun--- Read More
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Not All Challenges Are a Closed Door: Handle Adversity One Step at a Time

7/5/2015 1:32:33 PM

If you’re going through hell, keep going.” – Winston Churchill    What’s your reaction when the going gets tough?  Do you just keep trudging right along, or are you more likely to go back to bed and hope that when you wake up, it will all have blown over? There’s something to be said for both of those approaches in their own way and at the right time. Sometimes we need to ride out a trial or a sticky situation and let it resolve itself. Other times w--- Read More
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Cultivating Strong Character in Our Children

6/28/2015 12:34:23 AM

“The greatest legacy one can pass on to one's children and grandchildren is not money or other material things accumulated in one's life, but rather a legacy of character…” - Billy Graham    Benjamin Franklin is credited with the saying that the only things certain in life are death and taxes. However, allow me to add a third thing--when your teen leaves home, his or her values will be tested. How will he or she hold up, especially when homesick, friendsick, or expe--- Read More
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Five Keys to Nail Your Performance Review

6/21/2015 12:40:04 PM

Now that school is out and summer is in full swing, many of the young people in our lives are headed into the career field or starting up summer jobs. So here’s an opportunity to equip them with some “street smart” wisdom to excel on the job and win some great references!.   For many, few things generate more stress and discomfort than a performance review. For all parties! It doesn’t have to be that way, but unfortunately it usually is.  For the&nb--- Read More
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8 Financial Mistakes You Can Help Your Children Avoid

6/4/2015 5:07:31 PM

Money, money, money. Few things in life generate as much interest yet demand more responsibility. And, while money itself will not bring happiness, mismanaging it can surely ruin a person’s chances for success and cause personal and family strains. Young people who are not prepared for the responsibilities that come with managing their finances can run into major problems and often end up dropping out of college. A 2011 report by the Pew Research Center found for people ages 18 to 34 witho--- Read More
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The Three P's for College Academic Success

6/4/2015 11:47:13 AM

College is just around the corner for the hundreds of thousands of students who are graduating this year. Transitioning from high school to college academics can be challenging for many (More homework! Longer papers! Lecture notes! Stiffer competition! Fewer grades!), so here are some tips to make the grade. First of all, remember this: You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to get GOOD GRADES To do well in college, perform your best, and get the most out of each class/assignment, it&rs--- Read More
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5 Ways to Avoid Media Bias and Form Your Own Opinions

5/29/2015 6:10:34 PM

When it comes to the media and all of the different sources of information (TV, newspapers, internet articles, blogs, social media, radio, and more), we need to be watchful for author bias and how it can influence our beliefs and perceptions. And, now that election season is already underway (sigh), it’s never more apparent.  Consider the following (hypothetical) news release: “The government reported third quarter economic growth at 5.4 percent. This compares with 6.0 percent --- Read More
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Raising Purposeful Children

5/24/2015 11:11:24 AM

Somewhere in the midst of final exams, prom, Friday night sporting events and texting with friends, American teenagers are setting a course for their future. They’ve been asked a thousand times, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Now, as they approach adulthood, it’s almost show time. For some, the path is clear, while for many (most!) others, it’s a colossal question mark. No wonder recent surveys are showing that teens are more stressed than adults!  --- Read More
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